Taiwan Excellence Awards
In terms of IT products, the first Gold award went to Chimei for its ultra-thin 13.3-inch notebook display which on its own measures a mere 2.2mm thick and weighs in at 194g, although once fitted into a notebook it’ll be at least 3.2mm thick.
The second Gold award went to D-Link for the Boxee Box which seems somewhat unfair, as it’s a collaboration product with US based Boxee and it’s not sold as a D-Link product.
The third Gold award in the IT product category went to MSI for its WindTop AE2420 3D all-in-one system. This is a somewhat sounder choice than that of the Boxee Box, but considering it’s a model that uses wired 3D glasses, we can’t say that we’re impressed with the product on a whole.
For the fourth Gold award we really didn’t get what the judges were thinking though, as it’s a SO-DIMM from Nanya’s elixir series. So ok, it uses 42nm 1.35V memory chips, but none of this is particularly unique, nor is notebook memory with a heatsink these days.
The fifth and final Gold award winner in the IT product category was VIA’s EPIA-P830 Pico ITX board with 1080p video playback support. This is at least a unique product in the market, at least for the time being, at least until someone figures out how to make a similar product using AMD’s Fusion platform.
As for the Silver award winners, well, these can be considered the runner ups and they include Asus with its RT-N56U router, the G53JW gaming notebook, the NX90 18.4-inch notebook with Bang & Olufsen speakers and finally the U36JC notebook. CyberLink also won a Silver award for its PowerDVD 10 software with support for 3D movies. Gigabyte won a Silver award for its X58A-UD9 motherboard and finally In Win won a Silver award for its O-Ring 2.5-inch USB cable/drive protector that fits around the external hard drive.